Call for Applications: FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund


Deadline: 2 June 2020


In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

Submittable is being used by a number of other COVID-19-related relief efforts. They are working to make sure their system can handle the high volume of applications being submitted across the platform, but we highly recommend that you work on your application narrative in a word processor in the event that the system has to go down for maintenance purposes.

Additionally, if you are currently or are considering applying for unemployment, please be advised that the Foundation for Contemporary Arts cannot advise grant recipients on issues of wages or employee benefits. Each award recipient will need to consult the appropriate unemployment compensation agency in your state (e.g. the New York Unemployment Insurance Benefits agency; the California Employment Development Department; or the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity) to determine what impact, if any, the award has on your eligibility to collect unemployment insurance benefits.


The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.


  • FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature.
  • Relief will be provided to artists who can demonstrate that they have had an engagement canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
  • Currently, this fund cannot support performers, ensemble members, or designers who were working on a project that was canceled; they recognize the vital contributions that performers, artist assistants, designers, and others make to the field and have listed other resources that offer more targeted support to those artists below.
  • Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and the IRS requires a W9 and a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other) for FCA to be able to make grants to artists
  • Applicants cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • For the purpose of providing COVID-19 relief, they are temporarily suspending the three year waiting period between grants. If you have received a grant from the Foundation in the past three years you may apply for COVID-19 relief.

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